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    USA Dance resignations

    "a happy talk magazine" I like the newer magazines. I think they show a more active and dynamic organization. It seems to the locals pretty much manage themselves, not particularly attached to the central org. The critical part (seems to me) is the comps. Need more and need some format...
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    USA Dance resignations

    I always liked Yang Chen. If the GC is playing games, it disturbs me. I'm withholding my membership until things get clearer.
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    Advice for Am/Am couple competing for the first time

    Don't expect too much in the way of placement the first few times out. It takes a while to get the gist of things, at least for most. Take videos of yourselves and (after your initial aghast-ness, which everyone has) study them CAREFULLY with help from your coach(es). If you have any questions...
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    Question for AM/AM Couple

    Yes. And yes.
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    Alexander Technique

    Been looking into the Alexander Technique. Fair amount of posts on the forum but most of the type "you might try..." and relatively few who have pursued it actively. And most posts quite dated. Let me refresh the question: Do ballroom dancers actively engage in the AT? How directly does it...
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    Tapatalk -- iPhone App

    I'm on iTouch and it's been dead for a while. Says server not up (or something like that).
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    USADance questions

    Thanks for looking into this!
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    Tapatalk -- iPhone App

    Tapatalk has ceased to have a menu option to view unread posts. Other actions seem a little flaky also. Anyone else having problems? Perhaps related, got an ominous notice the other day that the Tapatalk API's were out of date and if I was some sort of administrator (which I'm not) I should...
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    USADance questions

    Ok, I'm on a roll here ranting about the rule book wording. I'll roll some more. Consider: "4.7.3.21 Partnerships are ineligible to dance in proficiency levels where the sum of the individual member’s points is 200 or greater." As I understand it, confirmed by posts above, it's not a...
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    USADance questions

    While this seems clear, 4.7.3.1 seems to contradict this "The eligibility to compete in a classification is determined by the proficiency point sum of the partnership as of the start of a particular competition." (I'll resist the temptation to note that "classification" should more appropriately...
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    USADance questions

    I'm new to all this point stuff, and would like confirmation on a few of my assumptions about the PP rules: 1) If I am by age a Sr 3, and wish to dance in a Silver Adult heat, I need to check the points in my "Silver Adult" box (as opposed to "Silver Sr 3"). Right? In other words, my...
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    USADance questions

    I've been fiddling with the Excel PP Calculator from the Website and it seems quite good. Easy to use. Must have been a ton of work! Do others use this? Is it accurate (true to the rules) and reliable?
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    USADance questions

    Joe, a THOUSAND thanks! Do you (or anybody) know if anything has changed except that the total points has dwindled from 300 to 200?
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    USADance questions

    I've been scrutinizing the PP rules until my eyes are sore, working out examples, and taking a look at the spreadsheet from the Web site. Is is just me, or are these rules horribly complex, stated so as to be open to interpretation, apparently without justification, and in some cases just plain...
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    USADance questions

    Does USA Dance keep a record of athletes proficiency points? If so where do you get it? There's a "link to your personal standing" but it just goes back to the home page. The website also has a link "guide explaining the Proficiency Point system" but there seems to be nothing of the sort...